Posts Tagged ‘Theatre Unleashed’

OF MICE AND MEN

Spencer Cantrell and Gregory Crafts give riveting performances as migrant farm workers George and Lenny in Theatre Unleashed’s intimate revival of John Steinbeck’s classic tale of human loneliness and impossible dreams, the 20th-century classic Of Mice And Men.
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A VERY DIE HARD CHRISTMAS

NYPD’s John McClane is back in town to foil dastardly Hans Gruber’s armed band of Teutonic terrorists’ plan to steal $640 million in bearer bonds from L.A.’s towering Nakatomi Plaza as Theatre Unleashed reprises last December’s A Very Die Hard Christmas, Josh Carson’s hit musical spoof of a certain Bruce Willis holiday classic.
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NEVERMORE

Imagine an Edgar Allan Poe story with Poe himself as protagonist and you’ve got Nevermore, Matt Ritchey’s theatrical riff on The Fall of the House of Usher (with bits of The Pit And The Pendulum and The Tell Tale Heart thrown in for good measure), arriving at Theater Unleashed in time for Halloween in a production that could be better, but provides just enough laughs and thrills to make for ‘60s thriller movie-style fun.
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ONLY THE MOON HOWLS

Star-crossed love gets a fresh new highly theatrical spin as Theatre Unleashed gives Dean Farell Bruggeman’s 50-minute Hollywood Fringe Festival gem, Only The Moon Howls, a thoroughly engaging first full staging.
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A VERY DIE HARD CHRISTMAS

One of America’s most beloved holiday movie classics is back … and live on stage in Theatre Unleashed’s West Coast Premiere of Josh Carson’s A Very Die Hard Christmas, the Bruce Willis megasmash as seen through a Saturday Night Live lens, with puppets and songs thrown in for hilarious measure.
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CAKE

The lives of nine college town residents intersect in Wendy Gough Soroka’s World Premiere comedy Cake, the latest from Theatre Unleashed and a crowd-pleaser despite its unnecessarily lengthy scene changes.
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BOY GETS GIRL

NOT RECOMMENDED

Terrific performances by a thoroughly engaging Ivy Khan and a riveting if miscast Jim Martyka highlight Theatre Unleashed’s ill-advised fifteenth-anniversary revival of Rebecca Gilman’s Boy Gets Girl, one which leaves this reviewer wondering how Gilman’s pseudo-thriller ended up named Time Magazine’s #1 Play Of The Year.
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LIGATURE MARKS

Edgy contemporary romcom meets seductive classic film noir as the latter might unfold in an addictive online multi-player computer game not so coincidentally titled “Noir” in Mac Rogers’ Hollywood Fringe Festival hit Ligature Marks, recast, redirected, and restaged by Theatre Unleashed in a production that held me in its quirky, funny, romantic, fatal-attraction spell from intriguing start to breathtaking finish.
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